Artist: Elmer Guevara and Robert Nehemiah
Media: Paint, canvas, cardboard, wood,
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov West Gallery
Instagram: Elmer- @3lmski1 Robert- @wookieewarrior
Elmer Guevara and Robert Nehemiah are both transfer students from Gateway Cities of Los Angeles. They transferred to CSULB in order to earn their BFA in Drawing and Painting. Prior to this, Robert was attending Rio Hondo College and Elmer was attending East LA College. Elmer was always interested in drawing and art; he had a dying passion for it. Yet, Robert’s initial plan was to become a firefighter. He soon realized that he favored painting and artwork and took that career path instead.
Both artists told us that they both enjoy using dramatic and dark colors along with uneven shadows. Upon observing this exhibit, I noticed there were rarely any light colors and the distortion of it. Each of these pieces reminded me of street art. Both of their pieces of art are different, yet they complement each other. Robert’s inspiration comes from people who have inspired him, whereas Elmer paints people who are currently homeless in the streets of LA.
Elmer’s concept of his paintings reflect all the people who are ignored by society. This gives them an opportunity to have a voice in the world; for often, they are ignored. He takes the time to interview and photograph their environment before actually writing stories. As for Robert’s paintings, it is focused on all the “trash” that is collected. He touches upon the fact that he realized these objects are just as temporary as the people in his life. Both of their techniques show how something as simple as scraps can be reused for something better.
This gallery attracted me by all the different types of things that are going on. All of these artworks seemed very familiar to me; from the street signs, pink puma, and graffiti. I was intrigued by how each one of their unique of art comes from people. There is more to the world around us than just a materialistic society. What I was really interested in, was the way Elmer took the time to really get to know people and gave them a spotlight.